Monthly Archives: February 2020

Brass bands in Africa – a brief introduction to a continent-wide topic

Brass bands in Africa have been in existence since the 19th century after the various colonial powers had established their presence across the continent. The history of such bands is very sketchy and limited, and the small amount of information … Continue reading

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Child prodigies in brass – a selection of vintage images of children who played brass instruments

Over the years there have been many outstanding child musicians who have excelled at their particular instrument(s). Some of these went on to become accomplished adult artists and/or composers, others disappeared in the mists of time. During the 19th century … Continue reading

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Todmorden Old Brass Band

This band was active in 1853 through to the early 2000’s, when it finally disbanded following its move away from Todmorden to Rochdale. However its memory is being kept alive by past members of the band in a Facebook group: … Continue reading

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A benefit concert

Bands of the past had benefit concerts, much as we do today to a lesser extent. In those days it was usually a means to raise funds for new instruments (or at least some instruments) to start or maintain the … Continue reading

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An asylum band – though not brass!

Tidying up a folder I came across these images left over from a visit to the West Yorkshire Archives. As they were not brass band related, I ignored them for the research I was undertaking, but since they had been … Continue reading

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Sightless but full of sound – blind band musicians of the past

I recently re-discovered my photo of the “Only Crippled Children’s Brass Band in the World”, which was based in Staffordshire around 1910 – just one of the many institutional, industrial school and orphanage bands. This reminded me of other bands … Continue reading

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History of Wells City Band

A History of Wells City Band, by Susan Caola has recently been published. It covers the 180 year history of the band with many pictures, reports and memories. It is the story of a typical town band with its highs … Continue reading

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